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Who are you?

The College welcomes applications from those with additional needs and our support team are fully trained to give you all the encouragement that you need to get the most out of your learning experience. If you are disabled or have any special needs, then our team of support staff are here to help you. When you have accepted your offer from us we will invite you to attend a transition planning meeting and will ensure that you are familiar with the college before you begin your course.

We offer the following specialist support:

  • Aspergers/ADHD/ADD
  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairment
  • Physical Disability
  • Mobility Difficulties
  • Mental Health
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia

View our Statement of Our Commitment to Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities:

Equality & Diversity Policies

Contact The Additional Support team:

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Careers Advice

Are you at a crossroads in your life and are not sure which direction to take? Fed up with furlough, uncertain about unemployment and want to make a change? Feel like the need for a fresh start? Stratford-upon-Avon College may have the course for you. Why not speak to one of our Careers Advisors for impartial guidance and support so you make the right change – email us at careers@solihull.ac.uk

The need for specialist careers advice and guidance has never been so important. It is vital that people of all ages have access to good quality, realistic and impartial information, advice and guidance for them to make informed decisions for their future.

The College Careers Service consists of a team of qualified career guidance professionals who are dedicated to helping people to progress successfully into further, higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

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Mission

Our mission is to make the Careers Service fully accessible to College students as well as the wider community by providing impartial information, advice and guidance that is fully integrated accessible and highly regarded. We aim to encourage successful transition into further study, training or employment.

The College has developed a careers explorer that will help you work out the career for you and the course to get you there. Take a look: Fast Forward

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Careers Leadership Team

The College has established a Careers Leadership Team.  The team meets at least once a term and oversees the effective implementation of the careers, advice and guidance at the college.

The members of the Careers Leadership Team include:

  • Director of Services for Students (Careers Leader/Chair) – Adam Thomas
  • Central Careers Service – Alka Prinja – 0121 678 7020/alka.prinja@solihull.ac.uk
  • Head of School – STEAM Faculty
  • Head of School – Creative Faculty
  • Head of Department – Stratford upon Avon College
  • Additional Needs Manager
  • Work Experience Coordinator/Consultant
  • Talent Bank Coordinator
  • Tutorial Manager

The Quality in Careers Standard

The College has been recognised for its outstanding careers work and has been awarded Gold level in the National Quality in Careers Standard, awarded under licence by Prospects. The Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after college.

Matrix Quality Standard

The CollegeStudent Services is a Matrix accredited service. The standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance.

Ofsted

OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

Following a recent OFSTED inspection of Solihull College in 2016, the Careers Service was highlighted for providing an effective service:

Career advice and guidance are effective. Learners are placed on the level of study that best suits their skills and interests, so that the vast majority complete their courses and move on successfully to further study, apprenticeships and employment.

Learners and apprentices quickly develop a broad range of good personal, social and employability skills, as well as positive attitudes to learning, that prepare them well for their future careers.

The College employs a dedicated qualified nurse who is available if you are unwell, for advice on health issues and first aid.

The College Nurse works term times only:

  • Monday-Tuesday 09:30-16:00
  • Wednesday-Thursday 09:30-16:30
  • Friday 09:30-14:30

Ongoing counselling services at Solihull College and University Centre in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I’m sure you’ll have anticipated the possible interruption to the counselling service around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a result of a college closure.

Like many counselling services in the UK, we have been advised by our professional body, BACP, to plan for the possibility of being unable to meet in person for appointments either due to infection or more general public health advice. So, this message is intended to provide you with information on how the counselling service at college will continue to provide support. It also includes external support services that may be useful over the coming weeks.

If you are currently having counselling sessions at the college, your counsellor will be available for email support for 50 minutes on a weekly basis at your usual appointment time. Your counsellor will wait for you to email and will provide email responses as required. Otherwise, your counsellor will continue to see you for your regular appointments once college has re-opened.

For any other student, still on the counselling waiting list or not, the following links give information on how to manage your emotional wellbeing, especially if you are involved in social distancing or self-isolation:

We seem to be in a changing situation and, as NHS and public health guidance develops, we will review and update these plans accordingly. Please continue to consult the college website for further details.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Stratford-upon-Avon College encourages applications from people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our aim is to make it easier for you to study with us and to achieve your learning goals. We want the Collegeand its courses to be as accessible as possible to our whole community. That is why we are committed to providing sensitive and individual support for all our students.

If you have a learning difficulty or a disability, you may need additional support to obtain access to College facilities. You may discuss your particular needs confidentially with a member of staff. For more information contact the Additional Support Team:

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The Enrichment Team are here to make your time outside of lessons, fun, exciting, interesting and informative. All throughout the year, our student liaison officers organise trips, excursions, events, volunteering, themed events and a varied, engaging range of great activities, ensuring your time with us isn’t all work and no play.

We support Learner Voice which gives you, the student, the opportunity to tell us how your time at college is going, what we are doing well and what you would like to see improved. We also hold elections for School Representatives and Governors, giving our students a say in matters regarding school funding and quality of education.

If you have any questions or queries regarding student enrichment, you can contact them:

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The College has a culture where difference is respected and diversity celebrated. The College welcomes all students, regardless of age, race, colour, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexuality or disability. We expect all members of the college community to recognise and respect this.

The College will continue to treat all students and employees with respect and dignity, and seek to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

Higher Education Scholarships and Bursaries

Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College offer a scholarship and a bursaryprogramme for the academic year 2018/19.

Applicants are only allowed to apply for either the Academic Scholarship or the Bursary.


Academic Excellence Scholarship

Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College will be offering students up to £1,000 cash-back each year if they enrol on Year one of our HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree course programmes in September 2018.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is not available for students who have not previously studied at either college. It is also not available to students enrolling on franchised courses.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to previous Solihull College & University Centre / Stratford-upon-Avon College students who have achieved CCC grades in their A Levels or Merit, Merit, Merit grades (MMM) in their Level 3 BTEC vocational programme.


Higher Education Bursary Programme 2018/2019

Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College will be offering Bursaries to 12 full-time (across all campuses) HE students and 7 part time students from the lowest income backgrounds under £26,000 if enrolled on year one of a part time course or HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree course programmes in September 2018.

Students enrolling on franchised courses will not be eligible for the Bursary.


Higher Education Hardship Fund

If you are struggling financially and this is impacting on your studies the Student Welfare team may be ableto help:

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Eligible Courses (for Academic Scholarship & Bursaries)

Full Time
  • BSc (HONS) Aircraft Maintenance
  • BSc Business Systems and Technology
  • BSc (HONS) Games Design & Virtual Reality
  • BA (HONS) Creative Film Production
  • Foundation Degree in Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusive Practice
  • HNC/HND Art & Design (Art Practice)
  • HND Networking and Security
  • HNC/HND Graphic Design
  • HND Photography
  • HNC/HND Sport & Exercise Science
Part Time
  • HNC Aircraft Maintenance
  • HNC Networking and Security
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Building Services Engineering
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Civil Engineering
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Surveying
  • HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • HNC Manufacturing Engineering
  • HNC Mechanical Engineering
  • HNC Photography
Full Time – Stratford-upon-Avon College
  • HNC/HND Media (Film & Television)
  • HNC/HND Public Services

Ongoing Mental Health Support in response to COVID-19

I’m sure you’ll have anticipated the possible interruption to the mental health support service around the Coronavirus (Cov-19) as a result of a college closure.

Like many mental health services in the UK, we have been advised by our professional body, BPS, to plan for the possibility of being unable to meet in person for appointments either due to infection or more general public health advice. So, this message is intended to provide you with information on how the mental health service at college will continue to provide support. It also includes external support services that may be useful over the coming weeks.

If you wish to seek support for your mental health, please contact your Student Support Officer or Learning Coach or HE Admissions Officer. They will follow the normal procedure for completing a referral and booking you in for an appointment. Once a referral has been received, Fatima, your mental health lead will contact you via email to offer a brief telephone appointment. The mental health support service is available during the hours 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

The following links give information on how to manage your emotional wellbeing, especially if you are involved in social distancing or self-isolation:

www.nhs.uk

The tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

www.mind.org.uk

MIND offers practical advice and ideas to explore for those that are self-isolating.

www.gov.uk

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We seem to be in a changing situation and, as NHS and public health guidance develops, we will review and update these plans accordingly. Please continue to consult the college website for further details. Thank you for your co-operation.

As soon as you arrive here on your very first day at college you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will be there to provide support, advice, guidance and information throughout your time here.

You will meet regularly with your tutor for individual tutorials to discuss your learning and ensure you are on track with work and getting the most out of your experience with the college. You will also have group tutorials with your friends.

Ongoing Safeguarding services at College in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

I am sure you have anticipated the possible interruption to the Safeguarding Service around the Coronavirus (Covid -19) as a result of a college closure.

This message is intended to provide you with information on how the safeguarding service at college will continue to provide support. It also includes external support services that may be useful over the coming weeks.

Please be reminded that if you are at Immediate Risk or Harm contact the Police on 999

Please use the Feeling Unsafe Page on the Student Hub to report any concerns for yourself or a friend.

Email or call the number listed below – they will be manned during working hours only.

Emergency Safeguarding Contact Details

Below are number of Local Safeguarding Children Boards that you can contact directly if the need arises.

Birmingham Social Services
Solihull Social Services
  • 0121 788 7300 – During working hours (Monday-Thursday 8.45-5.20 Friday – 8.45 – 4.30)
  • 0121 605 6060 – Out of hours service

If you or your family need any advice and guidance on financial support and assistance please look at this website www.solihull.gov.uk/benefits

Warwickshire Social Services
  • 01926 414144. (Monday to Thursday – 8:30am – 5:30pm Friday – 8:30am – 5:00pm)

If you or your family need any advice and guidance on financial support and assistance, please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis

Funds are available for trips, equipment and travel but are limited and will run out. You should apply as soon as possible. The following groups of students are eligible to apply:

  • Priority 1 (household income £21,000) – will be awarded financial help on submission of a successful application. If you are eligible for this, an early application is recommended.
  • Priority 2 (household income under £26,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded financial help after the October half term – subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply early although a decision is not likely until after the October half term.
  • Priority 3 (household income under £30,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded financial help after all eligible applications from priority 1 and 2 have been funded. This will be subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply early as applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
  • Priority 4 (household income under £35,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded financial help after all eligible applications from priority 1, 2 and 3 have been funded. This will be subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply early as applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.

For more information please view our Financial Assistance Guidelines (16 to 19 year olds) booklet:

Student Services Policies

University Level Student Finance

  • Only courses registered with the Office for Students (OfS) are eligible for funding from Student Finance England (SFE).
  • The College were registered with the Office for Students (OfS) as a higher education provider in November 2018.
  • The student finance package includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan only:
    • you can apply for a tuition loan to help pay the tuition fee that your university or college is charging;
      • it doesn’t depend on household income;
      • Student Finance England pay this loan straight to your university or college.
    • the maintenance loan will help with your living costs;
      • the amount you can apply for will depend on your personal circumstances;
      • the loan is repayable once you have completed or left your course.
  • If you have a disability, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia) you may be eligible for a disabled students’ allowance (DSAs).
    • A disabled students’ allowance (DSAs) does not have to be paid back.
  • There are Special Support Grants available for full time students, including:
Useful Links & Resources

Starting at College is a major change, where you are faced with more freedom, more choices and have moredecisions to make. The Welfare Service can offer support and practical help to manage the changes going onin this period of your life.

Help and support on the following issues:

  • Accommodation
  • Homelessness
  • Finance
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Health
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Young Adult Carers
  • Care Leavers
  • Access to external organisation

You can book an appointment in-person at main reception or by telelphone/online by contacting Welfare:

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Young Adult Carers are young people who help care for a family member who is disabled, physically ormentally ill, has a long term serious illness or has a substance misuse problem.

This is a role that many young people are happy and proud to do.

The Collegeis very keen to help and support Young Adult Carers to get the best out of college.

Achieve their goals and improve their lives

WHAT CAN WE OFFER?

We offer free and confidential information, advice and Support: